So, a few months back, my 2 year old son decided that he only like bread and rice. I tried everything to get him to eat his meals. Finally, I used a bit of psychology with him. I started with just broccoli and made it into kind of a Popeye type vegetable. My 4 year old helped me as well.
Check kids' muscles after they eat the healthy food:
I would eat broccoli and then feel my muscles. They got bigger. So, did my daughter's. Then, I checked to see how high Isabella could jump and ... WOW, she could amazingly jump higher AFTER she ate the broccoli.
This could mean one thing: Broccoli has magical powers!
Check to see how high they can jump
Now, when my son is eating, I make a really big deal about his big muscles and after he has finished eating, we do jumping exercises. When I am really desperate, I give him broccoli and have him jump right after. I continue this the whole meal time. Ideally, I want to wait for the jumping, as it can get too exciting and over-ride meal-time.
When my 4 year old's friends come and play over lunch-time, they always will eat their vegetables for me. I have jumping games during or after meal-time. I play games to see who eats the most vegetables (and insist that they are the strongest afterwards).
Still not working? Try pancakes.
Another easy way to get them to eat their vegetables, is to blend up a variety of vegetables into a pancake mix. These make great snacks too. I make them in bulk and freeze them into individual portions in ziplocks.
Please do share what you have done to get your kids to eat their food. I'd love to know! There are still days that I struggle!